Lessons Learned- Lessons Taught: One Teacher’s Storytelling Festival Experience

By Kim McCloskey and Terri McGuire

Each school year began with a trip to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, and now retired after nearly 40 years, this award-winning teacher tells us how she first became a fan of the festival and how she used her experience to create memorable teaching and learning moments in the classroom.

Building Your Personal Story

Written by Kim McCloskey

“It's like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, Who are you building out of the story in your head?

3 Storytelling Tips for Teachers

Written by Kim McCloskey

The key to making any lesson go from interesting to memorable is a story. A carefully chosen, well-timed story can help a student understand and remember the lesson, and – more importantly- understand how to apply the lesson to their lives. Researchers have found that a human brain can retain more information if it is given in story form then if it is given through a list. . .

What Storytelling has Taught One Utah Businessman

Kim McCloskey

Paul Stout is a Utah businessman who appreciates the value of a good story. He has been attending the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival with his family since its inception at the Ashton's home in Orem over 20 years ago.

A Writer’s View of the Storytelling Festival

Benjamin Kocher

When I first heard about storytelling, I assumed it was all just glorified children's stories. But the art of storytelling is so much deeper than that.

Tips for the 2017 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

Courtney Burns

The 2017 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival officially kicks off in just one week and we can’t wait to open the doors on our new site at the Ashton Garden’s at Thanksgiving Point. With a new location comes a variety of new opportunities as well as questions about how things will work. We’ve tried to think through as many things as possible to give you a few tips...

Getting to Know Josh Goforth

Courtney Burns

From his Appalachian Mountain accent to his incredible talents on pretty much all the instruments, Josh Goforth is one of those storytellers you really...

Getting to Know Charlotte Blake Alston

Courtney Burns

One of Timpanogos’ favorite storytellers, Charlotte Blake Alston has a wonderful way of weaving stories that allow...

Getting to Know Sam Payne

Madeleine Hamblin

Sam Payne, hailing from right here in Utah, is a stellar teller of stories and songs. Each time I hear him I am impressed with his skill and abilities. A writer, teller, teacher, and radio personality we are happy to have him with us at the festival again this year to share...

Getting to Know Catherine Conant

Courtney Burns

Catherine Conant grew up in a large Italian family in New Jersey where she learned to stitch together the things of family and of imagination to...

Getting to Know Michael Reno Harrell

Madeleine Hamblin

We are excited to welcome Michael Reno Harrell to the festival for the first time this year! Coming from the Southern Appalachian Mountains his stories and songs have been described best as “like a breakfast of butter and molasses on a warm biscuit…

Getting to Know Bil Lepp

Janessa James

Bil Lepp is a very candid and soothing storyteller with a desire to instill in all of his listeners the virtues of obedience and honesty. Okay, that wasn’t all true. Bil is a world-renowned liar and a favorite of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and...